David Wesley Armstrong

June 6, 1961September 25, 2012

David Wesley Armstrong, 51, of Poplarville, Mississippi went to be with his Lord in Heaven on September 25, 2012 after a long battle of cancer. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Poplarville with interment following in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with military honors.

David was born in Pleasant Grove, Alabama on June 10, 1961. He made his worldly home in Poplarville, Mississippi with his loving wife Beth ; his three children Benjamin, Trae, and Leslie, and two grandchildren Keagan, and Andy. David was a family man, acknowledged gun marksman, avid fisherman, and great story teller who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was a man who put others first and lived a life of service . He proudly served as a police officer beginning in 1988 until he had to medically retire in 2010. During his service as a police officer he served the community in numerous ways throughout the years. He had been a D.A.R.E. instructior, sniper marksman with the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force SWAT team, Law Enforcement Driver Training Instructor, Captain, Patrolman, Poplarville Municipal Separate School District’s School Resource Officer, and many other duties. He received numerous awards and honors during his tenure as a police officer including "Officer of the Year" in December of 2010.

David also had a love for his country and served the United States well beginning at a young age of 17 when he joined the United States Coast Guard in 1979. David was a Gunnersmate with the United States Coast Guard with Duty Stations included but not limited to Alemeda, California; Santa Rosa, Florida; Governor’s Island, New York; New Orleans, Louisianna; Portsmouth, Virginia; U.S.C.G Cutter Ingham, WHEC-35; U.S.C.G. Cutter Durable, WMEC-628. He also served as a Sergeant in The Mississippi Army National Guard, 1066th Supply from 1983-1985.

David knew that he was "right with the Lord." He stated while sick that he was not afraid to die. He took a chance of not coming home from work on his job daily before retiring medically. He was only afraid of what he would be leaving behind because he was happy and content with all the love that he had and all the love he could give.

David is survived by his loving wife and devoted caregiver, Mary Elizabeth-Ann Rouse "Beth" Armstrong. His three wonderful children Benjamin- David Rouse "Benjamin" Armstrong, Byron Lee "Trae" Brewer III, and Leslie Ann "Leslie" Armstrong; his two adoring grandchildren Keagan Timothy"Keagan" Armstrong and Vincent Andrew "Andy" Brewer .

He is also survived by his loving parents Don and Betty (Sanders) Armstrong of Poplarville, Mississippi; his sisters Mrs. Sharon (Armstrong) Fields of Pleasant Grove, Alabama and Mrs. Lea (Armstrong) Saucier and her husband Mr. Harold Saucier of Poplarville, Mississippi. His devoted and caring mother-in-law Mary Nell (Pearson) Rouse of Carriere, Mississippi, his brother-in-laws Mr. HK Rouse, Jr. and his wife Mrs. Susan Rouse of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Mr. Robert Ellis Rouse and his wife Mrs. Denise Rouse of Carriere, Mississippi. His nephews and nieces, Bubba Fields, Beth Fields, Chaz Fields, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin(Ashleigh Saucier) Crow, Lillie Crow, Amanda Saucier, Dain Saucier, Christie Dickerson, Eli Saucier, Mr. and Mrs. Will (Ashley Lee) Rouse, Olivia Rouse, Scott Brown, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. David is also survived by all of his colleagues in law enforcement that he respectfully considered family.

David was preceded in death by his grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. Homer Alpha (Eleanor Harrison) Sanders, Mr. Ersy Lee Armstrong and Mrs. Amy Lee Armstrong; his father in law, HK Rouse; and his brother-in–law, Mr. Don Fields.

Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2012 at White Funeral Home, 315 Highway 11 South, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470.

Online condolences may be given at .

White Funeral Home, Poplarville (601) 795-4982.


  • Visitation Friday, September 28, 2012
  • Funeral Ceremony Saturday, September 29, 2012

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Anita Johnson

October 14, 2012

I just found out about David and wanted to send my condolences.Lifting your family up in prayer.

September 30, 2012

Betty,I"m so sorry to hear about David ( wrong order) I know your heart is breaking.MY thoughts are with you and your family I"ve been there. God must have wanted a good guy in heaven.May God Bless and your family.

. Thinking of you
Larine Kirkland

Shirley Langlois

September 30, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. David was such a special person and will be missed by all.

Marla Gollott Schwartz

September 29, 2012

Beth, there are no magical words of wisdom or advice that I can offer to you that would even come close to easing the pain of the loss of David. All I can offer is my thoughts and prayers for your family to have peace knowing that he is with our Lord and Savior. I wish I could hug you and make it all feel better.
Thinking of you and your family.

Winston and Diane Herndon

September 29, 2012

May God's grace and mercy comfort you during this difficult time. Our prayers will contunue to be with you and your family.

Janey Mattina

September 27, 2012

Blessings and peace be with you, Beth as well as your children.

dave chinn

September 27, 2012

Beth, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Please feel free to reach out to your family and friends. We all here on the coast love you and your family!

Len Marshall

September 27, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I truly admired and respected David as a fellow public servant. Go rest David, We'll take it from here.

Evelyn Henry Rhodes

September 27, 2012

Hi Beth, you have been so strong through these tough times and we know that only God did it for you. Continue to be strong. I love u

Cathy Kenbedy/Davis

September 27, 2012

Beth I am so sorry for your loss! You and your family are in my prayers!! We love you!